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(1) A bullet of mass 1.9×10−3 kg embeds itself in a wooden block with mass 0.987 kg, which then compresses a spring (k = 120 N/m) by a distance 3.5×10−2 m before coming to rest. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and table is 0.42. What fraction of the bullet's initial kinetic energy is dissipated (in damage to the wooden block, rising temperature, etc.) in the collision between the bullet and the block? (delta K) / K = ?
(2) A neutron collides elastically with a helium nucleus (at rest initially) whose mass is four times that of the neutron. The helium nucleus is observed to move off at an angle of 45 degrees. The neutron's initial speed is 5.9×105 m/s. Determine the speeds of the two particles after the collision.